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RUSH: Got one of these things in the e-mail, author unknown, and if it’s not spammed out there yet, it soon will be. If it is spammed out there and you’ve seen it, forgive me. ‘The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the presidency. It will be easier to limit and undo follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Obama who is a mere symptom of what ails us. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The republic can survive a Barack Obama who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.’ I understand what this author unknown is saying. Frankly, I think what’s going on is an awakening. I think people are finally starting to see it. Now, Obama spoke about me again without mentioning me. I am on his mind. This afternoon in Tampa, University of Tampa, town hall meeting, listen to this.

OBAMA: I don’t want gridlock on issue after issue after issue when there’s so many urgent problems to solve. And I — and I don’t want an attitude: if Obama loses then we win. I mean that — that can’t be a platform.

RUSH: Yes, it can.

OBAMA: You know, even — even if you disagree with me on some specific issues, all of us should be rooting for each other, all of us should be rooting for America moving forward and solving problems so that, you know, you lose, I win mentality, that mind-set may be good for short-term politics but it’s not a mind-set that’s equal to these times.

RUSH: It is required in these times. He’s got me on the mind, folks. I am in his head. That ‘I hope he fails’ is reverberating in there and it’s still bouncing around and it has not been forgotten. I don’t want an attitude if Obama loses and we win. I don’t want an attitude of. I don’t want and so it shall not be? Is that what the meaning is here, you don’t want so it shall not be? I mean that can’t be a platform and the tepid applause on that, that can’t be a platform? It most certainly is! By necessity. Even if you disagree with me on some specific issues, all of us should be rooting for each other? No, we shouldn’t. Are the Colts fans going to be rooting for the Saints? Are the Saints fans going to be rooting for the Colts? You expect me to root for Barney Frank? Are you rooting for George W. Bush? Did you? What nonsense is this? You lose, I win mentality, that mind-set may be good for short-term. It’s necessary for saving the country.

All right. To the phones. Rob, Sandusky, Ohio. Glad you waited, sir. You’re next on the Rush Limbaugh program. Hello.

CALLER: Rush, mega dittos.

RUSH: Thank you, sir.

CALLER: Rush, I’m sitting here, and God has loaned me some talent. I know why Obama always has to be on teleprompter. Consider yourself. If you were trying to deceive liberals and make yourself appear as a liberal, you would have to have thought it out, you would have to have a script to stick to because one little slip-up would reveal that you’re a conservative. That’s why he always has to say on script, always has to have the teleprompter because he’s trying to deceive us and it’s not in his heart, it’s not in his soul. That’s why he is always on teleprompter.

RUSH: You may have a point.

CALLER: That’s why he speaks to 20 people on teleprompter and schoolchildren.

RUSH: He didn’t speak to schoolchildren on a prompter. The bloggers got that one wrong. He didn’t use the promoter with the school kids but he did use it for the press at the school. I think you have a good point. There’s only one thing I would correct in what you said.

CALLER: Okay.

RUSH: And that is I would not need a teleprompter, even to be a liberal. I know them so well. I could do both. If I wanted to I could tomorrow come on this program and convince the left that I had had an epiphany overnight.

CALLER: Touche, Rush.

RUSH: And I could say it happened during the interview process with a Miss America contestant and something happened and my mind opened up and I’d never seen things this way before, and I could make ’em believe it. He’s Barry Goldwater II. This guy all of a sudden late in his life, he’s getting his mind right. I could pull it off. I’ll tell you something else, by the way, folks. Let me tell you this. We have nine-and-a-half-minute interviews with all 53 of the pageant contestants, and there are six judges, and we rotate who asks the first question, that’s a free-for-all. And we can ask them anything, and we’re told to challenge them, they’re looking for the best girl, best woman in this lot to be Miss America. Whoever wins this, the Miss America does not have a home next year. She’s on the road 365 days. She does not have a home. She’s in a hotel every night and they’ve gotta find somebody that can handle it and do it and so we’re entrusted to do this. I can tell you something. Not one of them has needed a teleprompter. It took us about 14 hours over two days, maybe longer, maybe 15 hours over two days to go through all 53, not one of them has needed a teleprompter. And yet Obama needs one for even 20 people at the Middle Class Task Force.

Mike in Virginia, great to have you on the program, sir. Hi.

CALLER: Hi. How are you?

RUSH: Good.

CALLER: I had a question. I hear all this bashing of Bush all the time in every one of his speeches, and I’m wondering, you know, Reid and Pelosi, they were leading Congress and the Senate. Aren’t they equally responsible?

RUSH: Well, that’s right. Starting in 2007 and 2008, then 2009 and then 2010, they were running the show. They’re in charge of budgets, they’re in charge of spending items, and don’t forget even before that, Barack Obama voted for every spending bill that came before him. He did not vote against any of the so-called reckless spending that he criticizes Bush for. He voted for all of it. He knows that his buddies in the media are not going to hold him accountable on that.

CALLER: That’s kind of what I was thinking, it kept coming to me every time I heard this Bush-bashing, why aren’t they getting some of that credit, too, you know?

RUSH: Well, you’re exactly right. That’s a brilliant, brilliant observation on your part. (interruption) No, Brian, it’s not 57 Miss America Pageant contestants, it’s 53. Are you people thinking I’m getting that wrong? You think it should be 50? No, because you’ve got Puerto Rico, you’ve got the Virgin Islands, and you have the District of Columbia. So you have 53 contestants. Obama would think it’s 57 because he thinks he traveled to all 57 states. No, there’s nobody in Samoa that comes. Samoa is gearing up for the NFL. I don’t know if you saw that 60 Minutes expose, but they’re trying to make a scandal out of Samoans targeting their young kids to get into the NFL. Now, Obama, ‘I don’t want, I don’t want an attitude, I don’t want.’ When the president of the United States says that, that’s trying to chill dissent. Dissent, you know, Hillary Clinton said it used to be patriotic. ‘I don’t want an attitude.’ Make no mistake. This guy is out of control ego.

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